Mrs. Elaine Baldwin
Prior to joining the faculty of Francis Marion University’s Mass Communications Department in the fall of 2008, Elaine Baldwin served as an adjunct professor for Geneva College at their Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) in Philadelphia. She initially joined CUTS as marketing director, but eventually traded in the front office for the classroom to teach public speaking and ministry preparation courses and says she never looked back. Beyond the college classroom setting, she has conducted numerous media training sessions for corporate executives.
A corporate public relations practitioner and spokesperson with more than 20 years experience, she is skilled at pitching hard and soft news stories with local and national news organizations. Baldwin’s on-air exposure opened doors to more broadcasting and public speaking opportunities, which included recording public service announcements, training videos and voiceovers. Additionally, she was a news reporter for WLIG's Long Island News Tonight, a nightly news program, and she co-anchored the award winning LILCO On Air, a video magazine show. She also hosted live pledge drives and fundraising auctions for Public Broadcasting Stations WLIW in New York, and produced and hosted segments of a home show for WITF in Harrisburg, Pa. She also served for several years as the auctioneer for the Sheriff of Philadelphia Real Estate Auctions.
Her corporate communications career spanned over three companies representing two industries. She started at the Long Island Lighting Company in New York where she was senior media spokesperson, then worked for GPU, Inc., a major utility in New Jersey, where she served as corporate communications manager. Her final corporate job was at Philip Morris Companies in New York where she was media relations manager. It was during that tenure that she accepted the position of external affairs manager directing national conferences and forums that promoted awareness about the company’s workplace advocacy against domestic violence. Then during the course of her departure from corporate America, she answered the call to ministry and her next move was to Bible College.
She is a graduate of the Dr. Haddon W. Robinson School of Homiletics at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School, where she also earned her M.A. in Ministryand authored original research entitled, A Believer's Birthright: Strategies for Workplace Evangelism, published through the Theological Research Exchange Network. She also holds an M.A. in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York, and a Voiceover Certificate from the New York School of Visual Arts.
As an ordained minister of the Gospel, she serves as pastor and her husband, Charlie Baldwin, serves as ruling elder of Rivers of Living Water, a non-denominational, spirit-led church ministry in Florence. Through this outreach she also teaches Bible studies, homiletics and a seminar entitled, Exposing World Systems in the Christian Church, which challenges believers about joining secret societies that appear suitable, but that at the core are anti-biblical. She also serves as advisor and facilitator for RENEW!, a Christ-centered Bible study at FMU. Pastor Baldwin has a compassionate heart for the foreign mission field and has served in Uganda, East Africa and Nigeria, West Africa.
The second of five siblings, she was born on her mother’s island home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up on military bases while her father served in the U.S. Army. She and her husband, Charlie, relocated to Florence after he accepted a new career opportunity as financial controller at an area corporation. They have two adult children.
Mrs. Elaine Baldwin